Comic Book: Loki Agent Of Asgard
Loki: Agent of Asgard is as it sounds: the continuing adventures
of everyone's favourite God of Chaos, Loki
, as written by Al Ewing. Only now those adventures involve doing wet-work for the All-Mothers of Asgard, in exchange for his freedom and the chance of redemption. The twist is that this time, Loki really, really, really
means it. But the problem with having a past like Loki's is that sooner or later, it's going to catch up with you.
Tropes featured in this series include:
- Arc Words: "Burning" comes up a lot.
- Batman Gambit: Gram owes its origin to a truly ludicrous gambit on the part of Old!Loki, which is part of an even bigger Batman Gambit on his part.
- Big Bad: Old!Loki. And as of issue #4, the All-Mother. Possibly.
- Blessed with Suck: Verity Willis can see through lies. All lies, every lie. She can't even read a book, or watch a film because of it.
- Breaking Lecture: Old!Loki to Loki, Evil Gloating included.
- Brick Joke: In the first issue, Hawkeye says that he looks a little "One Direction-y." Later on, Loki claims he's had to move his apartment because he keeps getting mistaken for Harry Styles.
- Cloning Blues: Loki isn't really Loki, he's a copy made as the original Loki's Get Out of Jail Free card.
- Continuity Nod: Loki uses that unpleasantness involving Thor's DNA and Iron Man to momentarily distract the Avengers.
- The reason Old!Loki managed to sneak into Thor is because he was already weak after a recent run in with Malekith in The Mighty Thor.
- Cul, brother of Odin, appears in a flashback, which proves true his claim of being Odin's predecessor.
- During his attempted infiltration of Loki's apartment, Sigurd is noted as wearing clothing from Cortex Sportif.
- Cool Sword: Gram, which used to belong to Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), as piercing as truth itself. Most of the wounds it inflicts aren't fatal, because the truth usually just hurts. Old!Loki had a large hand in its convoluted creation.
- Did You Actually Believe?: Old!Loki to Loki when he stabs him with Gram. A sword designed to reveal the truth doesn't work on someone who's honest about who and what they are.
- Distressed Dude: Subverted with Sigurd. Him being imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgardia was planned so that he could act as the inside man.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Loki doesn't usually use them. He prefers his own methods.
- Epic Fail: Somehow Hawkeye is so bad at video games that he manages to get the army after him, and has no health while he's falling out of a plane. He's playing a fishing simulator.
- Fanservice: The book is dripping with it, both the typical (such as the second panel of the first issue being Loki naked in the shower,) and the non-sexual kind.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Lorelei robs a man and makes him hand over his wallet while he just grins and shrugs. Justified, as she's using magic to mess with his head.
- Fail O'Suckyname: Loki's backup sword is called Laevateinn. It means 'damaged twig'.
- Gender Bender: Loki can look like a lady, if he so chooses.
- Its a little more complicated than that, though. It's more like he can be a lady, when he so chooses. Loki specifically states "I can turn into anything, as long as it's me." Any shape he takes, he considers to be another facet of himself, to the point where Old Loki has a habit of occasionally referring to himself as a girl. On top of that, author Al Ewing has described him as being genderfluid.
- Groin Attack: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) is reasonably convinced that if he ends up in Valhalla, the Valkyrie are going to remove Little Sigurd.
- Hero of Another Story: Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, first legend of Asgard and hero of some of its greatest. Although the narration points out a more accurate title would be the Sometimes-Glorious. He's got some issues.
- How We Got Here: The first issue begins with Loki stabbing Thor through the chest with a sword, and a voiceover of him saying "I know what I'm doing." The rest of the issue is dedicated to explaining why Loki's doing it.
- I Resemble That Remark: In issue 1, Thor says that Loki created "a mighty slash" upon the Internet. Loki says that's not the right word, but it's still true.
- Inconvenient Summons: The All-Mothers have a bad habit of calling on Loki when he's trying to relax, or socialise with people, or in the shower...
- Incredibly Lame Pun: 'The wheel of rein carnations', courtesy of Mephisto after tricking Sigurd into signing his contract.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Considering the belief that the comic came about as a bit of corporate synergy at Marvel due to Loki's popularity in the films (note the lineup of Avengers he meets in Issue 1 is the exact same lineup of the movie,) it only makes sense that they would borrow Loki's likeness from Tom Hiddleston.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Loki isn't above the odd bit of theft to get the job done. Or really, because he can.
- Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) steals a invisibility belt from A.I.M. in order to get to Loki. Loki then steals the belt from him.
- Lemony Narrator: It's Al Ewing. Those captions (and the recap page) can get quite strange.
- Loophole Abuse: No spell, hook or net can hold Andavi, so Old!Loki just shoots him with a rocket launcher.
- Manipulative Bastard: Old!Loki, in spades.
- Mathematician's Answer: When asked if he's dressed for a con, Loki just responds with "There's always a con going on."
- When the All-Mother asks Old!Loki what happens to Midgard, he just responds "T'was governed most expertly."
- Meaningful Name: Loki's new friend Verity who can see through any lie. Veritas = Latin for Truth. Also a Roman goddess of truth.
- Medium Awareness: Old!Loki gets bored in his cell and walks off-panel.
- Meta Fiction: Carries on the tradition from Journey Into Mystery. Loki's struggles to avoid falling back into his old role as a villain is a commentary on the fact that characters in fiction, and comic books in particular, tend to return to a familiar status quo, and it is very rare and difficult for them to truly change in any meaningful way since fans and future writers will often want to revert the characters. The All-Mothers desire for a known and familiar future for Asgard at the expense of Loki's new life underscores this theme. Loki will have to fight for his new characterization both in the story itself, and outside it, as fans of villainous Loki want him to go back to his old ways.
- Muggles Do It Better: In Issue 3 Old!Loki, as part of a Batman Gambit, goes to steal the horde of the giant fish Andvari, who is so strong and slippery that "neither hook nor net nor magic could land him". Old!Loki decides to instead use a rocket launcher and take his gold that way.
Innkeeper: B-but where did you get such a gold-hoard, old one?
- Oh Crap: Hawkeye aims for Loki, and manages to instead hit Bruce Banner. Things quickly escalate.
- Old Flame: Lorelei, sister of Amora the Enhantress (they don't get along), former paramour of Thor (via sorcery) and Loki (sans sorcery).
- Out-Gambitted: Mephisto tricks Sigurd in signing a contract that condemns Sigurd to an eternity of punishment (and bad puns), only to find he's been played by Loki.
- Overly-Long Gag: The Room Full of Incredibly Deadly Traps.
- Refuge in Audacity: Surrounded by The Avengers and looking decidedly guilty of something, Loki takes his only remaining option: He tells the complete and unvarnished truth.
- Ret Canon: Apparently the Hulk has told the Avengers that he's always angry.
- Secret Keeper: Mephisto knows exactly what happened to Kid!Loki. He's impressed.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Loki, according to Lorelei.
- Shout-Out: In the midst of a sword-fight, Loki and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) start quoting The Princess Bride.
- Issue 5 has one to this very wiki, when a man is viewing "Movie Tropes" on his tablet.
- Shower Scene: In the first few pages, even! Female Gaze ensued.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: Lorelei and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) weren't present for Ragnarok, which makes them impossible for Heimdall to find. One of Loki's tasks is to bring them back home, regardless of whatever opinions they have on the matter.
- Status Quo Is God: What Old!Loki wants out of life.
- Theory of Narrative Causality: As long as the records and stories exist of what Old!Loki got up to, Loki will be drawn back to them. Since he's determined to have this Heel-Face Turn stick, he's out to erase those stories from existence.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The origins of Gram involve no small amount of time-travel.
- Title Drop: Old!Loki announces himself as the Agent of Asgard, not Loki.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Thor in issue 1, but only temporarily. Because he's been infected by the essence of Old!Loki.
- Trash Landing: A fight between Loki and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) winds up with them beating each other up in a dumpster. Or not, as it turns out. Loki was just trying to fool the All-Mother.
- Troll: Loki waves to a man who's looking at an article about that episode of The Twilight Zone, while he's sitting on the wing of a plane.
- Unsound Effect: During the fencing scene in the fourth issue. 'SWAPP' and 'ALSO SWAPP' indeed.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The All-Mother is perfectly fine with what Old!Loki is planning, so long as Asgard's future is assured.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: An old Loki staple.
- Villain Episode: The third issue mostly focuses on Old Loki.
- Walking Spoiler: It's near impossible to talk about this series without revealing what happened in Journey into Mystery and Young Avengers.
- Everything to do with Old!Loki.
- Wham Episode: Issue 5. As it turns out, Old Loki was actually from the future, showing that no matter how hard he tries to change, Loki will always return to his old ways. Worse is that the All-Mother knew all along, but tried to keep it that way to ensure the future of Asgard. Loki quit being their agent when he finds out.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) briefly speaks like this when he first shows up. Mercifully, it's just an affectation.
Sigurd the Ever-Glorious: "Everyone loves the oldie-worldie talk when Thor does it..."
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: All over Loki's face when Mephisto praises him for what happened in Journey into Mystery.